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the misfortunes of another prominent politician, former congressman jesse jackson jr. of chicago, who is charged with using campaign funds to finance an appetite for expensive jewelry, furs, and other luxury items. we get that story tonight from nbc's national investigative correspondent michael isikoff. >> reporter: the day after former congressman jesse jackson jr. was charged with misusing campaign funds the downfall of the once rising political star has shaken his hometown of chicago. the level of theft on his part i find stunning. you have to learn from your mistakes. that's all. we pray for him. >> reporter: jackson was charged friday with diverting $750,000 in campaign funds for personal benefit including $43,000 for a gold plated rolex, nearly $19,000 for michael jackson memorabilia, $10,000 for bruce lee items, $5100 for fur capes and parkas, and $5,000 for a football signed by u.s. presidents. using campaign contributions for these kinds of personal expenditures is way over the line. you just can't do it. >> reporter: jackson's wife sandra was also charged with income tax evasion in th
. the charging documents say the items include, $43,000 rolex watch, $23,000 in michael jackson memorabilia, $11,000 in items related to martial arts star, bruce lee. and $5,000 football signed by american presidents. sandy jackson resigned from her post. she was a chicago alderman. resigned last month. today her attorney revealed she will plead guilty to filing false tax returns. that carries maximum penalty of throw years in prison. you may recall this past summer, jesse jackson jr. disappeared from congress for weeks. and his doctor revealed he was being treat ford bipolar disorder. jackson stepped down in know. today he release aid statement apologizing for his actions and mistakes he has made and once he was seen as a rising political star. he has been unable to capitalize on the sharing of a name with his father, civil rights icon jesse jackson. back to you. >>> thank you, wendy. tonight we have learned the fugitive ex-cop accused of killing four people in southern california apparently killed himself. christopher dorner shot himself in the head tuesday night inside a cabin in big bear com
. michelle kosinski, nbc news, pretoria, south africa. >>> former congressman jesse jackson jr. was for years considered a rising bright light among democrats in congress with a famous family name. but today he and his wife were in tears in a federal courtroom, pleading guilty to serious crimes involving campaign money. both of them now face possible prison time. our report from our justice correspondent, pete williams. >> reporter: for jesse jackson jr., the walk into the courthouse was the end of a slow-motion fall from grace. he told a federal judge, for years i have lived off my campaign. admitting that he took money received in political contributions and used it to make more than 3,000 separate purchases for himself and his wife over the past seven years. a $43,000 gold watch. $19,000 for one of michael jackson's guitars. $16,000 for a pair of elk heads. tens of thousands more in furnishings for their homes in washington and chicago. total value, $750,000. >> jesse jackson jr. had the drive, the ability and the talent to be the voice of a new generation. but he squandered that talent. >
against former chicago congressman jesse jackson jr. and his wife sandy. jackson has admitted to using $750,000 in campaign money to buy personal items, including a rolex watch, mink coats, furniture and even a hat once worn by michael jackson. his wife signed a plea agreement, admitting to filing incorrect joint tax returns. jackson apologized for his actions in a statement today. he faces up to five years in prison. >>> valentine's day is a big one for romance, and getting engaged. but if you got a diamond ring this week and it came from costco, you might have been sold a bill of goods. the jeweler, tiffany & company sued costco yesterday for promoting some engagement rings as tiffany diamonds at a discount. but the jeweler says they have never allowed any of their products to be sold at costco. tiffany is seeking damages. no word yet on whether any happy couples are seeking refunds. we're back in a moment with a blast from the past and a major milestone this weekend. see life in the best light.. outdoors, or in. transitions® lenses automatically filter just the right amount of ligh
against jesse jackson jr. and his wife. at attorney for jackson's wife sandy reveals she has signed a deal agreeing to plead guilty to one count of tax fraud. jesse jackson jr. is charged with conspiring to -- among the items he's accused of buying including $23,000 in michael jackson memorabilia. saying he fully accepts responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes he has made. >>> tonight there's been an arrest after an explosion inside a fairfax county subshop. officers have arrested 25-year-old horace thompson. they arrested him as he left the washington burn center last night. he is now facing charges of arson and malicious wounding because of that explosion inside a deli on route 1 in reportlord virginia last week. >>> three men have been arrested for the late-night string of car vandalisms in fairfax county. they're accused of steals ipods, sunglasses, gps units, and loose change. police say they broke the windows of every vehicle that they got into. anonymous tips led police to the suspects. they're facing a number of charges now, including felony and misdemeanor charges.
-based community for help. >>> the attorney for jesse jackson jr. says his client has taken responsibility for misconduct. now the former congressman will have to convince the judge responsible for his sentencing. jackson pleaded guilty in federal court to a super charge, accused of spending $750,000 in campaign money on everything from jewelry and expensive clothing to furniture and political mehmmorabilia. his attorney says jackson's recent struggle with mental illness should factor into his sentence. sudden those health issues are directly related. that's not an execution. that's just a fact. >>> hi faces up to five years in prison. >> we have some bitter cold air on top of us right now. it is going to get even colder. storm team 4 meteorologist veronica johnson taking a look at our plunging temperatures. >> that's right. we're likely to see them drop as low as they did this morning. the wind is still with us. outside right now it looks pretty, right? but it's cold. you're looking at your hour-by-hour forecast. windchill readings will be headed on to the teen by 10:00. >> we sit at 32 t
the latest on a plane crash out of nashville that killed five. >>> plus congressman jesse jackson jr. has pleaded guilty, but now the fight to limit his jail time begins. >>> and look at this, some spots that have the ability to swallow six earths but that's the least of our concerns. we'll tell you why. we're back in two minutes. >>> welcome back. here are some other stories making news this morning. five people are dead after a late night plane crash in eastern georgia. seven passengers were aboard the craft when it ran off the runway. a few survivors are injured but officials haven't released details about their condition. >>> the white house is quietly moving to have the supreme court overturn the california ban on same-sex marriage. the high court will take up two cases surrounding same-sex marriage later this year. >>> former congressman jesse jackson jr. pleaded guilty to using some $750,000 in campaign funds as a personal piggy bank. he'll be sentenced in june and could get more than four years in prison. >>> meanwhile, the former mayor of the big easy trying to get out of the big
in congressman jesse jackson jr.'s district will brave the snow to replace him. >>> if the senate finance committee approves jack lew as the trek social secretary today a full senate vote could come as early as tomorrow. >>> on top of all that, could lawmakers have the sequester $75 billion in spending cuts. nbc's tracie potts is live in washington with the answer and more on that. >> reporter: mara, good morning. still no negotiations going on here in public here or behind the scenes. congress now back in session, but really no talks going on between them and the white house. president obama today heads to virginia where he'll speak at a ship builder concerned about jobs. they have job keshgzs in all 50 states. and the president is being criticized by house republicans, especially house speaker john boehner for not staying in washington. but as we're telling you there are serious differences on how to get rid of these deficits and to prevent the budget cuts from happening on friday. lot of emphasis now, especially at airports. not only will travelers be affected but one of the big concer
's fall from grace. what jesse jackson jr. admitted to federal investigators. former council member leslie johnson is out of prison. she was released after serving time. her husband is still behind bars. when the two were arrested in 2010, leslie johnson tried to hide tens of thousands of dollars in her underwear and admitted flushing a check down the toilet. she served her sentence in west virginia where martha stewart served. >>> former illinois congressman jesse jackson jr. reached a plea deal with prosecutors over the misuse of campaign funds. nbc news has learned today that under this deal jackson admits using campaign contributions for his personal use, including the purchase of a $40,000 rolex watch, travel expenses for a friend and furniture for his washington home. his sentence would be decided by a federal judge and could range from probation to prison time. jackson resigned, you'll recall, from congress citing health issues. he represented his district on chicago's south side for 17 years. >>> right now, we are tracking a dangerous storm. meteorologist veronica johnson is up nex
on to sentencing. peterson is facing 60 years in prison. >>> jesse jackson jr. may be in court this week as well. the former congressman plans to plead guilty to using campaign money to buy luxury items. he faces five years in jail and the loss of his federal pension. jackson resigned his u.s. congressional seat last november after nearly 17 years, representing chicago. jesse jackson sr. says his son, who suffers from bipolar disorder is under, quote, tight medical supervision. and now for a look at what's trending today. the first lady's new bangs have had the internet buzzing since their debut last month. now she's revealing the real story behind the do to rachel ray. >> but this is my mid life crisis, the bangs. i couldn't get a sports car. they won't let me bungee jump. >> you went for the bangs. >> i went for the bangs. >> you're the boss of your hair. >> i can do this. this is all mine. >> we can all say a mid life crisis never look ed so good. >>> fergie is growing her own lovely baby hump, black eyed peas singer took to twitter to announce that she and husband josh duhamel are expecting
congressman jesse jackson jr. held back tears in a d.c. courtroom today as he pleaded guilty to federal charges. he admitted to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal stuff. the money paid for everything from a rolex wax to appliances, flat-screen tvs and clothing. jackson told the judge he had no interest in a trial and wasting the taxi pairs' time or money. his wife also pleaded guilty today to filing false tax returns. defense attorneys argued jackson's battle with mental illness should be considered at his sentencing. that happens in june. he could face up to five years in prison. >>> cold out there today, wind didn't help, but veronica johnson tells us it ain't going to happen anytime soon, is it? >> it is not. unfortunately another 24 hours of the same stuff we went through. the cold, the wind, low temperatures. windchills are currently in the 20s across the area. while we do have a few clouds across our area, just a few mainly to the north, i'm focusing on the next weather system over oklahoma, over dallas, because that is what is headed our way. it's eastbound. and it w
because his offshore home in italy makes him a flight risk. >>> jesse jackson entered a guilty plea in a d.c. court. just moments ago he pled guilty to criminal charges. he was accused of misuse of campaign funds and conspiracy. his wife is also charged with filing false tax returns. she's scheduled to appear in court this afternoon. the couple spent $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses. jackson rep signed his congressional seat in december after serving 17 years in office. >>> prosecutors are calling more witnesses today in the murder trial of jason scott. the prince george's county man is charged with murdering delores dewitt. their bodies were found in a burning car. jurors say this video yesterday is from a police cruiser the night that the car was burned. he's already serving on unrelated crimeless and he's a person of interest in three other murders. >>> we're still nine months away from the gubernatorial election but it's already going to be a fight race. mcauliffe and ciccinelli are tied at 38%. mcauliffe has a 34 to 31 lead over bolling. >>> next, the new video describe
koppel, abc news, the white house. >> our top story tonight at 4:15 on wednesday evening, michael jackson or jacko as he's known in the tabloid press was found on his backo. prompting the new york post to print this headline. "jacko on his backo." >> after '94, we knew it was a whole new regime, you know what i mean? and it was like this big drama like "snl" should get canceled. it was a very dramatic time. they really were going to cancel "snl" it seemed like. >> '95, '96 was the first year of "the howard stern show" and i think roseanne barr had a show. they realized this was the year to try to do it. >> the transition was rocky at first. it was tough because there was a lot of new things and new people and trying to find out their voices and what they did strong and what they didn't do so strong. >> there was no phil hartmans and kevin nealons and dana carveys. it was really like our show. ♪ looking for a sign of life ♪ looking for something to help it turn out right ♪ ♪ looking for a conversation ♪ make my way back home where i'll learn to fly ♪ >> the whole new group, the
-mails with a florida socialite. he was later cleared of any wrongdoing. >>> former congressman jesse jackson jr. and his wife are due in a d.c. courtroom on criminal charges. both made deals with federal prosecutors for a scheme to spend $750,000 of campaign money on personal items. jackson is charged with conspiracy, his wife accused of filing false federal tax returns to 2006 to 2011. the same judge will hear their cases in two separate hearings set for today. >>> angie goff at the live desk with breaking news. good morning. >> crews are working around the clock to search for any survivors in a massive gas explosion in downtown kansas city. more than a dozen people were hurt in the blast. take a look at this video right now. cadaver dogs are searching through the rubble to make sure no one is buried underneath it all. towering flames shot out of the popular restaurant leaving debris and brick strewn up and down an entire block. hundreds were are forced from their homes. police say the blast may have been started by a utility crew accident. but no official cause just yet. at the live desk, ang
a statement that he fully accepts responsibility for decisions and mistakes he has made. jackson resigned from his position as a representative from illinois in november. for several months absence from capitol hill. also, the virginia man charged with killing eight people at hi home in appomattox and firing on a police helicopter has pled guilty to three charges. he shared a house with his sister's family. he killed his speaker, her husband and two children and four friends there. and a new investigation into what's caused a massive power failure during the super bowl in new orleans. the power company for the super dome in new orleans have hired an outside expert. the power company believes it was caused by a relay device installed to prevent that kind of electrical problem. >>> coming up, a popular we had -- it's banning sky land earns, because they're did a burning candle or fuel cell causes it to soar into the sky. the agency tells us the devices can return to the ground and start fires. >>> another valentine's day is behind uss, but the love industry is just gearing up. february 15th is t
, former congressman jesse jackson jr. and his wife sandra expected to plead guilty in court on corruption charges. prosecutors say they spent $750,000 of campaign money on personal items. jackson is charged with conspiracy, his wife accused of filing false federal tax returns from 2006 to 2011. the same judge will hear their cases in two separate hearings set for today. >>> montgomery county executive ike leggett will discuss his vision for the county this evening. he'll deliver the state of the county address in silver spring. it's set to begin at 7:30 at the civic building. the speech is fee and open to the public if you'd hike to attend. >>> this morning, several u.s. lawmakers are visiting a maryland man jailed in cuba. six congressman met with president raul castro and were promised they could -- -- the communist country wants to exchange gross for the five spies held in the u.s. a swap the delegation says will not happen. >>> prosecutors will call more witnesses today in the murder of jason scott. the murder trial of yea son scott. the prince george's county man is charged with kill
word today jesse jackson jr. has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors and has admitted to campaign finance violations. he resigned his house seat he's held for the past 17 years back in november. he acknowledged using campaign contributions to buy personal items, including a rolex watch and furniture. his sentence will be decided by a federal judge and could include still prison time. >>> the bush family, including both former presidents and some of their children and friends, have fallen victim to an anonymous computer hacker who has infiltrated and exposed family e-mails, private photos. the material initially released on the web included private information, phone numbers, security codes, a photo of bush 41 in the hospital recently, and photos of artworks painted by bush 43. the secret service is now investigating. >>> the legendary jazz musician, donald byrd has died. the detroit native played with coal train, lots of r & b, a lost progressive music. sampled many times in recent years. donald byrd was 80 years old. >>> a still photo of a little girl is getting a lot
. remember, it was cbs that broadcast janet jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction during the super bowl halftime show in 2004. got to have your hand over that red button during the broadcast. you never know when something is going to slip out. now the microphones are all over the field. >> at all times. when john harbaugh was yelling at the coach during the blackout, you know there were expletives thrown out. you didn't hear it though. >> good thing. >> cbs is off the hook for flacco's interview with david letterman. >> the mvp was a guest on the late show last night. he told dave that he loved to be a ravens for life. his contract is up. but he's expected to sign a huge deal during the off season. he joked that playing the quarterback in the nfl isn't as hard as people think. >> how many plays do you know, if you had to write down the plays, how many could you write down right now? >> i have no idea. >> is it like ten or -- >> it's probably around 100. i don't know. >> 100 variations? >> there's all kinds of different things you can do. an nfl playbook is much easier than people make i
in for edwin jackson, giving the invite ats a starting rotation that rivals anybody in major league baseball. as long as the roster can remain healthy, davey johnson and mike rizzo said they learned a lot about this group last season. i think we'll be better for that experience. as painful as that experience was you've got yourself a good bunch of veteran players that have been through it before, and i think they're going to really embrace it and really thrive on it. >> with the experience under their belt from being in the postseason. i like our prospects coming this year, i like the additions we made. i just think it's an awful exciting year. very talented ball club. >> that's davey johnson. you know, nobody more anxious to get this season started than drew storen, he actually received death threats on twitter after his blown save in game 5 of the nlds last year. he's since lost his closer job to newly signed rafael soriano, a move he said did blindside him somewhat. he was totally not expecting the move, but he's had a whole off-season and plenty of time to digest exactly what happened in
that. >>> james monroe. >> jackson. >> you can't give two answers. >> what is that? >> we are, of course, here in miami. >> oh, no, no! >> yeah. let's get to work! >>> 8:56 is your time now on this february 22nd, 2013, good morning. i'm eun yang. today a montgomery county teacher will appear in court saying he repeatedly sexually abused two students. he teaches in rockville. police say he touched two 11-year-old girls inappropriately on several occasions this school year. he is on administrative leave. a quick break and weath >>> good morning, at midmorning, we have passing south of washington a fast-moving snow shower now moving through the north neck of virginia and north of there a few scattered flurries around. those with us off and on perhaps through the afternoon. did get a brief dusting. shenandoah valley, this picture from earlier this morning. rain likely tomorrow. danella, how's traffic. >>> checking on a water main break ap opiate open
. >>> coming up, the new job that michael jackson's 16-year-old son, prince, just landed. >>> also a woman who gave birth to four boys on the same day. they are not quadruplets. >> what? >> i don't know. we'll explain after your local news. adjust your retirement plan along the way. rethink how you're invested. and refocus as your career moves forward. wherever you are today, a fidelity ira has a wide range of investment choices to help you fine-tune your personal economy. call today and we'll make it easy to move that old 401(k) to a fidelity no-fee ira. ii am the hero of my story.lly. i am her hero. i am ready for tonight. i am ready for the rest of my life. let your hair color do the talking new revlon luxurious colorsilk buttercream™, ammonia free, triple butter complex of mango, shea, and coconut for superior hair color, gorgeous texture and amazing shine. try new revlon luxurious colorsilk buttercream™. >>> 7:26 is your time now on this tuesday, february 18th, 2013. good morning. i'm eun yang. we continue to track breaking news where fire has destroyed a home. good morning. >> report
, michael jackson teamed up with pepsi. ♪ you're the pepsi generation >> reporter: more recently, so did pink and britney spears, laying the foundation for beyonce's reported $50 million deal with the cola company. ♪ you belong with me >> reporter: some marketing experts say swift is different. appealing to a younger crowd. >> michael jackson, beyonce, they've never put themselves out there as the positive dream, that you can do it if you try, there's no need to cheat, wholesome attitude and mentality that taylor swift projects. >> reporter: swift may be under fire, but she remains widely popular, giving new meaning to the name "pop princess." ♪ >> reporter: for "today," nbc news, los angeles. >>> up next, speaking of singers, we'll take a look at -- or listen actually, why so many people, even the professionals, have such a tough time with our anthem. we're just looking, right? of course. this is the leo diamond. [ woman ] wow. [ man ] it's the first diamond ever independently certified to be visibly brighter. it's perfect. it even fits. that's because... ♪ ...i already had it siz
cites michael jackson, who is a virgo, and they tend to be extreme perfectionists, over the top, having everything right. >> so it was in the stars? >> you're going to see stars. >> how about take two, the super bowl super kiss? super bowl ad for the web development company godaddy.com. commercial features world famous super model bar refaeli and actor jesse heiman. this isn't even kissing. this is throwing down. the idea of a perfect match, they say, when sexy meets smart, your small business scores. >> right. >> this is the one they're going to run during the super bowl on sunday. this goes on for quite some time. there was a version that was supposedly rejected by cbs where they played tonsil hockey. >> they're tonguing? >> like deep. >> french kissing. >> we had to blur it out, believe it or not. >> it's that bad you had to blur it out? i'm just being dramatic. i actually thought, okay, if he -- listen, there's someone for everyone. if he looked like george clooney and he was kissing her affectionately like that, would it have been edited out? is it because people are like, eww? >>
their sort of level of exposure. there is sheila jackson lake. the president is well versed on who sits on the aisle and i guess he was making his own choices about where to extend his hand this time around. >> i guess so. we keep showing the picture from the first lady's box. we want to let you know, the woman on the screen left as you look at the picture is hadiya pendleton's mom, the 15-year-old killed by gun violence in chicago. the first lady just attended her funeral, and her name is cleo patrick cowley. she is the guest of the first lady tonight. the president making pretty good time nearing the final term. david gregory, one of the great traditions of this event no, matter who the president is, no matter what you make of it. >> the whole world is watching. not the only ones getting the sense of the state of the union. a lot of people want to know what the state of the united states is. in our business community, in governments around the world. but interesting. here the president is in the house chamber, at a time when the house is controlled by republicans and the stalwart oppo
janet jackson burned them on the wardrobe malfunction. they have had some let's say almost nudity over the years at the grammys. a memo has now gone out. this is an example. this was pink a few years ago. >> that was an incredible act. >> she had to wear that on that thing. >> rihanna with the deep plunge. all the stars do that these days. >> if i was like rihanna, i'd do that. >> katy perry, not sure what that is. >> what are they complaining about? >> the memo goes out. this is from cbs to acts and representatives. among other things be sure buttocks andal fem breasts are adequately covered. >> in other words, guys can have things hanging out. >> nobody wants to see a man. >> thong-type problems are problematic, bare sides or undercurvature of the breast problematic. >> curvature. >> avoid sheer see-through clothing. the network also advising artists to avoid lapel pins for any cause, aids or breast cancer. >> can you wear a flag? >> come on. >> i think the american cause -- >> do you think -- >> it's like waving a red cape in front of a ball. >> you mean lady gaga is not going to sh
for you, yout we've got today. some pleasant spring temperatures. oklahoma city, 67. jackson, 70. going to get up to 67 in atlanta today, with the cold air banked in over the plains and the great lakes, as that clipper comes across. that is going to bring that cold air and that moisture from the gulf and that means a big snowstorm for the northeast. how much? that remains to be seen. look for windy, wet weather in the pacific northwest. a lot of heavy rain through the texas gulf, into louisiana. snow showers around the northern plains and the western great lakes. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. we have a brilliant sunrise around the reign this morning. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein. that's a live view from the nbc 4 city camera. and the temperature at reagan national is at 35 degrees. elsewhere, it's below freezing, south of the metro area, knnort and west, generally in the mid- to upper 30s in a few locations and we'll climb to the 40s, most of the region today, lots of sun, a blustery >>> for o
, lake jackson, just south of that, and it reminds me of like hurricane vacse evacuations when we have no power, like katrina except it's a dome and floating. >> have there been days you haven't gotten to eat at all? >> there have not been days we haven't gotten to eat. it's basically bread is what you get. the their sandwiches are like maybe a thin slice of tomato with mayonnaise, by the time we get there, you know. however, the one good thing i have to say is the crew has been phenomenal. they have tried to do the best that they possibly can. the leadership, oh, my gosh, like they'll tell us one thing, you know, for example, a tugboat was supposed to come once that first evening. we sat on the water for two days with nothing. the seas are really high. in fact, that night, my friends and i slept with our life vests in our bed. i truly truly thought the boat was going to tip over because it slants at like a 45 degree angle one day and then the next day, it's to the other side. like, i don't know, pipes are busting. i know the sewer is backing up and like water is in the cabins and it's
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